What is a Chiropractor?
A Chiropractor is a government registered health practitioner who has generally completed at least five years of university training to allow them to care for the musculoskeletal system. Dr Karen Hall provides both chiropractic and osteopathy at The Medical Sanctuary.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is now the third largest healing profession today and is practiced by government registered practitioners. Generally, chiropractors engage in spinal adjustment and manipulation as well as a variety of other measures to treat abnormalities of structure and function, and to assist the natural recuperative powers of the body.
Chiropractic is a safe and effective technique which treats the musculo-skeletal system as a whole, including joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and the neuro-vascular system. Chiropractic uses manipulative techniques (adjustments and manipulation) as well as non-manipulative techniques (soft tissue work, traction and joint mobilisation) to reduce pain and increase movement. The primary focus is to improve joint movement in a restricted joint and allow over-worked joints to normalise their function. If the body is less stressed it tends to be less painful and is better able to heal.
Adjustments are designed to promote this healing by removing any interference to the body’s neurology. Even a slight mis-alignment can be sufficient to gradually disrupt the body’s ability to function well. At joints this constant rubbing out of alignment may not become painful until there is actual wear and tear from real damage. Why wait until you are in pain and have damaged your body before seeking chiropractic care. With your teeth or a car we generally have regular check-ups to fine tune and avoid major problems. Chiropractic care seeks to optimise your body’s structure and function in much the same way by removing any imbalances which interfere with your body’s innate healing mechanism.
Chiropractic Paediatric Technique
The birth process can be quite stressful for both mother and baby. Both can experience misalignments which can be vertebral or anywhere else in the body. Chiropractic encompasses a unique series of treatments for these specific situations that are extremely gentle and mainly only use light fingertip pressure, yet are very effective. Common things to look for that may indicate a misalignment include: – favouring of one side, head tilt to one side, flattening of the head, hunching of the shoulders, nursing difficulties, tummy time avoidance and sleep disturbances.
Child to adult
Rapid growth, rough and tumble and milestone progression are all good reasons to seek chiropractic monitoring and care for your child. Chiropractic care optimises your child’s potential by improving their structure and function. This can impact on everything from how they move and their general health, to how they are able to learn.
Chiropractic care influences a broad range of injuries affecting the muscular-skeletal system including sciatica, disc injuries, tendon/muscle/ligament injuries, headaches including migraine, neck and back pain, muscle tension and scar tissue. Peripheral joints such as hands, shoulders, knees and feet can also benefit from chiropractic care.
Postural advice and exercises may also be incorporated as part of a chiropractic rehabilitation program. This enhances chiropractic care by involving the client in the maintenance and optimisation of their health.
Dr Karen Hall
Karen Hall initially completed a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Osteopathy at the University of Western Sydney and then had the opportunity to finish her studies with a Masters in Chiropractic at Macquarie University. This combination gives Karen a unique understanding and skill set to help optimise structure and function.
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